PRINCE GEORGE – The office of economic development has a new leader at the helm. Panayiotis “Yoti” Jabri will take over as the county’s Director of Economic Development starting August 1. He is already familiar with Prince George, having previously served as a Specialist in the department for over three years.
“We are very pleased to be able to appoint Mr. Jabri to this very important County position,” said County Administrator Jeff Stoke in a press release. “He has worked on several major economic development initiatives over the years and is very familiar with our community. We expect continued growth and success for Prince George County.”
Jabri left Prince George to take the Director position in Surry County’s office of Economic Development, where he is currently employed. He took over the position in 2020 after his successor was promoted to deputy county administrator.
While in Surry County, Jabri helped increase broadband access to over 2,000 homes with the forming of public/private partnerships. The Smithfield Times reported that Surry was also selected as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Drive 2.0 program during his tenure. That statewide program helped localities develop plans to compete with localities across the Commonwealth.
As an Economic Development Specialist in Prince George, Jabri helped secure over $200 million in capital investments that created more than 500 jobs, administered a $1.7 million CARES Grant program for small business and managed the tourism program – which included coordinating and implementing a new five-year economic and tourism strategic plan.
Jabri received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Longwood University, and his Master of Arts in Economics/Public Administration from Virginia State University. He is a life-long resident of Prince George County, graduating from Prince George High School, and still calls Prince George County home.